João Rodrigues


Name : João Rodrigues
Country : Portugal
Sail n° : POR7
Age : 47
Height : 180 cm
Weight : 71 kg

Disciplines :
  • foiling
  • raceboard

Home spot

Madeira island is perfect for all kinds of nautical sports. From windsurfing, to SUP, to surf, snorkelling, diving, it's just a paradise all year round.

For windsurfing, it's particularly interesting, as in such a small island, you can find all conditions, from flat water to ocean waves, light to moderate and strong wind. All in on island, in a single day, must of the time. That is due to it's high mountains and the trade winds.

Can't ever get bored or enough!

Little story about you

When I finish my Olympic career - Barcelona 92, Atlanta 96, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 - I was looking forward to go back to raceboard. Curro Manchon from Spain helped me getting involved and showed me the work he was doing with Monty, regarding the development of competitive sails for raceboard. I was very pleased with the sails and raced with them in 2017, where they proved fantastic in all conditions. 

We also thought there was room from improvement, both in light wind conditions and in the breeze. So, I got more involved in the process of developing better sails and I must say, I'm pretty excited with was we've achieved. In light winds, the raceboard blade LW is getting better and better. More powerful, lighter, but still durable. It's a sail you can trust. Even if the wind picks up suddenly. As for stronger winds, 2018 will be very, very interesting to follow. With the new sails Loft is developing for stronger winds, I'm pretty sure we'll be able to go faster and faster upwind.

Besides that, I'll be using the Loft wave sails wavescape in my anual tour to Cabo Verde, Sal. This time, we'll organize things in order to fly there with the bigger swells, so we'll keep an eye on the weather forecast as from February.

Favorite spot

This is may favourite spot, as you can do almost everything here. Home of three of the best surf spots in Madeira - Paúl do Mar, Ponta Pequena and Jardim do Mar - it's where I had the best surf and SUP wave sessions ever. When wind is from right direction, it's also a blast to wave sail there. 

For bigger boards, like raceboard, it can be extremely challenging, but when conditions are good, it's a must sail place!

Why ride Loftsails gear?

Performante, durable, light in your arms and simply beautiful!

His gear

Raceboardblade 2017 & 2018

Sizes: 8.5 m2 - 9.5 m2 - 9.5 m2
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Switchblade 2018

Sizes: 5.0 m2 - 5.0 m2 - 5.8 m2 - 5.8 m2 - 6.3 m2 - 6.3 m2 - 6.8 m2 - 6.8 m2 - 7.3 m2 - 7.3 m2 - 7.8 m2 - 7.8 m2 - 8.5 m2 - 8.5 m2 - 9.3 m2 - 9.3 m2
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Wavescape 2018

Sizes: 3.7 m2 - 3.7 m2 - 4.0 m2 - 4.0 m2 - 4.2 m2 - 4.2 m2 - 4.5 m2 - 4.5 m2 - 4.7 m2 - 4.7 m2 - 5.0 m2 - 5.0 m2 - 5.4 m2 - 5.4 m2 - 5.7 m2 - 5.7 m2 - 6.2 m2 - 6.2 m2
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